kevin

Fi$cal year ends in the red. Hello Rainy Day Fund.

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The fiscal year that ended at midnight Tuesday was $115.7-million in the red, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo (left) announced Wednesday, warning that the books on 2015 won’t be completed until later this year. The deficit decreased by more than $49 million over last month because of increased revenue collections, mostly in corporate taxes. “These projections […] [Read More]
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wombat

‘Special’ session turned into new-laws fest, with ‘rats’

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Remember when the so-called budget implementers did not contain barely related legislation that amounted to end runs around the legislative vetting process? Neither can the Blogster. Click through the slideshow above to see a few of the items signed into law by the governor yesterday. Polite company calls them special-interest legislation, but in the Capitol, […] [Read More]
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Puerto Rican soldiers will have lasting honor in Bridgeport

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Nestled deep in the budget-implementation bill that cleared the House early this morning and will be signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday afternoon, is a provision to symbolically name a portion of East Main Street in Bridgeport, state Route 127, after the 65th U.S. Infantry regiment. “The Borinqueneers’ Memorial Highway” will be named for […] [Read More]
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themis

It’s 1 a.m. Do you know where your state budget is?

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The House has put the finishing touch on the 2015 legislative season, voting  the final piece of legislation that will kick off the next fiscal year in about 23 hours. The two-hour debate culminated in a 78-65 vote with 8 absent during a one-day special session. Two Democrats voted against the bill to implement the […] [Read More]
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weed

Close but no dice for medical-marijuana expansion

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Among the plethora of new pieces of legislation floating in the massive budget implementer being debated in the Senate before heading to the House, is one sentence on line 310 of Senate Amendment C, which was adopted a few minutes ago: “Strike sections 508 to 521, inclusive, and renumber remaining 311 sections and internal references […] [Read More]
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gustave

First in ….heartburn?

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Nestled in the budget implementer on the Senate floor Monday night, is a ceremonial naming of the newish food-service kiosk located on the third floor of the Legislative Office Building. It’s being called the “First in Flight Café” to honor the alleged first powered flight by Gustave Whitehead in Bridgeport “and to commemorate the Connecticut aviation […] [Read More]
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maurice

“Maurice Sendak Memorial Highway” takes Ridgefield road

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Here’s the annual list of memorialized highways, bridges and driveways in the budget under discussion Monday in the Capitol, with western Connecticut areas in boldface. Maurice Sendak, (left) the late author and illustrator, is arguably the best-known. Here is the legislative language: “Route 272 in Torrington from the intersection of Route 4 north to the […] [Read More]
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Youth athletic leagues to provide concussion info

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  The budget bill under discussion and debate Monday includes a section that starting January 1 of next year, would require youth athletic activity operators to give parents and guardians annual written or electronic information on concussions. Here is the legislative analysis: “The operator must make the statement available when the youth registers. The statement […] [Read More]
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